Aug 1, 2015 10:19 AM by News Staff
8:30 a.m. Update: The Rail and Barker wildfires did not grow significantly in size over night, holding at about 800 acres for the Rail Fire with 10 percent containment and 900 acres for the Barker Fire which is only at 5 percent containment. There is no word on when full containment of these fires is expected.
Fire officials say rugged terrain coupled with Red Flag fire conditions will be a challenge for firefighters for the next few days as they try to get a handle of these two fires near Hayfork. These two fires are part of the Forks Fire Complex, which includes about 28 other smaller lightning-started fires.
Two big lightning-sparked wild fires continue to threaten the small Trinity County town of Hayfork where most residents there have been told to evacuate.
As of late Friday night, the Rail Fire was burning in Rail Canyon about two miles south of Hayfork. Latest estimates had about 900 acres burned and 400 structures threatened. The Barker Fire five miles northeast of Hayfork had burned about 800 acres and was threatening about 30 buildings.
An update on fire activity is expected after 8 a.m. following a fire incident management team morning briefing, according to a U.S. Forestry Service spokesperson at the Hayfork Ranger Station.
Meanwhile, The River Complex, near Denny, has burned more than 1,000 acres. The Mad River Complex is at 400 acres in the Ruth Lake vicinity, Cal Fire says. The latest estimate on the Forks Complex has about 4,000 acres burned.
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